KidzGear Headphones: Kid-friendly style and comfort, grown-up performance

When you have 3 kids who love to listen to music, watch videos and play videogames, you quickly learn that headphones are a must.  The noise levels at home (and the car, when we go on trips) would be unbearable if everyone were to listen to their favorite tunes out loud!

It's not easy to find good earbuds or headphones for kids -- either the products are too big for kids, making them really uncomfortable to wear, or they're sized perfectly but they're "kiddie" headphones, so they don't give out high quality sound.  I recently received a pair kid-sized, adult-quality headphones that don't sacrifice size for quality -- or price, for that matter.  Kidz Gear headphones are made with the same high-quality, high-performance consumer electronics components found in adult headphones, and  they use standard 3.5mm audio jack, so kids can use them with MP3 players, iPads, iPods, handheld videogame consoles, laptops, DVD and CD players.   I received a pair to review, and there's definitely a lot to love:

The sound is great, definitely comparable to "adult" headsets.

They come in cute colors that kids love (no boring black!)

They're much smaller than adult headsets, so kids can wear them without the headsets constantly falling off their heads.  What's more, they're adjustable, so kids as young as 2 or 3 can wear them, and kids as old as 10 or 11 can wear them too.

They have a volume control right on the cord, so kids don't have to fumble with their electronic device to adjust the volume.  The cord clips on to a belt, shirt pocket or collar, so it's easy for kids to reach.  This volume control (proprietary KidzControl Volume Limit Technology) has the added benefit of limiting the volume to about 80% of maximum volume output, so your kids' little ears are safe -- no need to resort to the classic threat of "Turn That Crap Down!".

They even come with a storage bag!

I do wish the plastic they used for the adjustable portion of the headsets were a bit sturdier.  I feel like they will easily snap in the hands of an overeager child.   Also, I wish these headphones had a retractable cord or some kind of cord winder so they can be stored without the cord tangling up!  A frustrated child (or impatient adult) like me could easily tear the cord while trying to untangle it.  Adding both those features would probably increase the lifespan of the headsets, and given the already low price ($19.99), I'd be willing to pay a bit more for it.  But given all the other features, it's still worth getting -- if they do break, it won't break your budget to get a replacement pair.

Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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